Tag Archives: Drone

Textron, Army Test Updated Shadow UAS Configuration

Textron has finished test flights of a newly configured multimission unmanned aircraft system slated to join the U.S. Army fleet sometime in 2020, Aviation International News reported Monday. Shadow's Block III tests occurred at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico over a five-week period. The configuration includes a new engine, an updated video payload from L3 Technologies' Wescam business and advanced communications technology.

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Lasers, High-Power Microwaves Could Help Counter Hostile Drones; Raytheon’s Todd Probert Quoted

Military commanders and civilian air traffic controllers need new technology platforms to help detect and counter rogue drones flying over sports stadiums, airports and military installations. “This is very fast-moving from a technology standpoint,” Todd Probert, vice president of mission support and modernization at Raytheon's intelligence, information and services business, said of drones.

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Air Force Eyes AI for Teaming Fighter Jets With Drones; Will Roper Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has begun to assess whether it can integrate an artificial intelligence platform, Skyborg, into an F-35 or F-15EX fighter aircraft to enable pilots to control the Kratos Defense-built XQ-58 Valkyrie unmanned air vehicle and other drones, Defense News reported WednesdayWill Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told the publication Tuesday that the service is in talks with Lockheed Martin and Boeing on the plan to team fighter aircraft with drones through the Skyborg program.

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